ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Awards Presented at 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Supported by educational grants from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) presented several awards to dental educators during the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, held March 16-19, in Seattle, Washington.

"ADEA is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these dental educators, with the support of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. The future of dental education depends on the hard work and habits of excellence which the awardees have demonstrated," says ADEA Chair of the Board, Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S.

The ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Allied Dental Educators Fellowship was presented to Dr. Donna F. Homenko, Cuyahoga Community College. It provides support for participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute or a three-month fellowship at the ADEA office in Washington, DC.

The ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Dr. H. Wayne Lambert, West Virginia University School of Dentistry. The award provides support to educators to enhance teaching efforts.

The ADEA/ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Junior Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Jompobe Vuthiganon, Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. The award provides support to educators to enhance teaching efforts.

"Colgate-Palmolive's ongoing support of these awards exemplifies the dedication and commitment to dental education, dental educators, and students that it shares with ADEA," says Barbara Shearer, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., Director of Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Company. "We are proud to invest in the rising generation of dental educators, and offer our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Homenko, Dr. Lambert, and Dr. Vuthiganon for their achievements."

About the American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public. ADEA's activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and communications like the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS, and CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit

About the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

The ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is the premier professional development and networking event in academic dentistry, featuring four days of dynamic plenary sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall showcasing academic dentistry's leading partners and suppliers. For more information, visit

About the Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Tom's of Maine, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate-Palmolive's global business, visit the Company's web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit

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